Choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Rhinoplasty is conceivably the most intricate and demanding plastic surgery procedure. Because of its complexity, a number of factors can influence the outcome, such as the healing process, the patient’s bone structure, skin thickness, and more importantly the skill and experience of the surgeon. But how do you find the right surgeon for your rhinoplasty? Finding a skilled and experienced surgeon is far more difficult than locating a plastic surgeon near you. While a referral from an aesthetician, a friend, or your family doctor might help, it is vitally important that you conduct your own personal research.
When researching, there are certain critical aspects about the doctor and his or her practice that you must look into. You need to find a surgeon with genuine rhinoplasty expertise, experience, and a resume of unfailing positive results. Let us look at some of these critical aspects.
Experience and Approach
The anatomy of the human nose is an intricate one consisting of numerous inner and outer structures. And since rhinoplasty can involve correction of a breathing problem, the surgeon must have a detailed understanding of the nasal connection to the respiratory system. Secondly, it is vital that you find a surgeon who understands both the artistic and functional aspects of nasal surgery. This means that the surgeon’s artistic or aesthetic approach should be in line with what you want to achieve. You can verify this by looking at photographic examples of the surgeon’s previous work, which brings us to the next step.
Conceivably, one of the most successful ways of evaluating a rhinoplasty surgeon’s skill and expertise is to review his or her surgical portfolio of before and after photographs. To see a collection of Dr. Romo’s work, you can visit our before and after gallery. Most successful rhinoplasty experts will take pleasure in showing you their photography. Typically, they will provide you with images with multiple views of the face and detailed photographic background to allow for a comparison that is more accurate. Viewing images of patients with a nose similar to yours is an effective way of evaluating the surgeon’s ability to correct your specific problem. You’ll be able to see how many patients your prospective surgeon has treated, how recently they have performed a rhinoplasty and that their finished product doesn’t appear “done.”
Genuine Rhinoplasty Certification
Ensure that the facial plastic surgeon you are about to entrust your nose with is board certified and has a particular interest in rhinoplasty. For example if your choice of surgeon spends most of his or her time conducting breast implants or tummy tucks, he or she may not be the best choice for your nose job. Look for a practitioner whose specific certifications fall in this area. Most plastic surgeons who perform rhinoplasty are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and The American Board of Otolaryngology. Board certification is an additional credential that certifies that the individual has met all the requirements set forth by a particular board. It is also a requirement for a medical license and hospital privileges.
You should always schedule a consultation visit to properly diagnose the problem, draw up an effective treatment plan, and discuss alternatives and any probable outcomes. Ensure that you ask the relevant questions and listen to how the surgeon answers them. It is during consultations that the doctor-patient relationship is forged. A good surgeon will give detailed answers, spend time with you, and when necessary, conduct digital imaging to simulate changes in the nasal contour so that you can envision the ultimate goal of the procedure. Dr. Romo even offers 3D modeling to illustrate how you will look as a result of your surgery.
Why Choose Dr. Romo?
Thomas Romo III MD, FACS is among the first few professionals in the field of rhinoplasty. He also has extensive knowledge in this field, including revision rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty. Aside from that, he is double-board certified and the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Romo in New York, please call 212-288-1500 or fill out our appointment request form.